- Your Tyre Philosophy
judging by threads on here i seem to almost completely not GAS
I buy a set of tyres if they are crap i dont buy another set after i have worn them out but i do keep using them
IME the main problem is it is wet or slippy or muddy or rooty or whatever and blaiming the tyre is a bit pointless
They are all a compromise unless you only ride one area or say well drained Trail centres as not trye is perfect for all scenarios so just live with it is my philosophyPosted 4 years ago
I would not change a tyre for terrain personally or ask what tyre everthisisnotaspoonMember
Black and round, although I do have some skinwall SB8’s for the actual summer.
Usualy have two or three sets for various conditions/times of year. Sometimes mix and match, but generaly run them in pairs unless the trails are really dry then usualy put something almost completely slick on the rear.Posted 4 years agod45ythMember
round profile/section/whatever (some tyres are a bit ‘square’ – honestly)
I prefer a ‘square’ profile tyre on the front…they have more bite when cornering in loose conditions.
If you find a setup you’re happy with, stick with it! I used to keep chopping and changing, but keep going back to the same combo. I see someone mentioned that they’ve stuck with bad tyres until they’ve wore out?!? I’ve moved some tyres on after a few rides, due to them being downright dangerous!Posted 4 years agofrankiMember
I tend to stick to my current fave all-rounder for a good while until I get tempted away by something new that looks like it might work better.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t change for conditions these days tbh, as most of the time a ride has a variety of terrain and therefore favours an all round, rather than a mud-specific pattern for example.
Tread-wise I look for the fastest rolling I can get, while being grippy enough not to be useless in mud and heavy duty enough not to split at the first sign of a rock. Rounded profiles suit me better than square.
Mostly I run the same tyres front and rear, so I can swap ends and replace one at a time.thisisnotaspoonMember
therefore favours an all round, rather than a mud-specific pattern for example.
True, I like my Purgatorys as they work well all round, enough grip in mud but don’t feel utterly rubbish on hardpack like Mud-X or Storms. But there are better tyres for summer when the mud compltely clears.Posted 4 years agochristhetallSubscriber
Another tyre thread ? Please forgive but this is not about brands but about the concepts.
Bikes are generally sold with matching tyres but I’m guessing most people change them to suit (my Gary Fisher bikes came with tyres suited for a California summer not the peak in winter).
Do you ride with the same tyres front and back ?Posted 4 years ago
Do you go for more traction on the back, but less rolling resistence on the front ? Or vice versa
What difference does size make ?
Any particular tread features that you like ?traildogMember
Tyres wear out so quickly that I find them fun experimenting with and purchasing something different each time round. I don’t swap and change on my main bike – although I do a bit for racing on my race bike.
I will usually get a new set when the rear is worn out, which leaves the front with a bit of life left which I then keep as a spare and which often gets used.
Always go more grip up front. If swapping just one tyre move the front to the back. I usually get matching pairs but I’ve started experiementing with less grip at the rear with good success.
Main failing point of tyres for me traditionally has been how well they protect against pinch punctures. Rarely stress about ‘grip’, I think it’s more technique if I’m falling off.
Now gone tubeless and never want to go back to tubes.Posted 4 years agomichaelbowdenSubscriber
Nevagal DTC front and rear for about five years, though sometimes its a Stick-E on the front, depends on what I can pick up.
I normally go with a new set for winter, by the time summer comes around they’ve worn down some so they roll a bit better on the hardpack anywayPosted 4 years agoYakSubscriber
Less grip and volume on the rear.
Tubeless and low pressures 15/19psi
One set of ‘summers’ and one set of ‘muds’
Cheap as chips and try and run till worn out, patching any holes too big for sealant.
Really, really try hard not to have a great big bag of ‘nearly worn, but might be useful tyres’.Posted 4 years agochilled76Member
I tend to listen to the latest craze people are on about on forums (currently hans dampf front and nobby nic rear)… fit them and then when they are worn out replace with whatever the new craze is.
Although I’m finding the current set up too draggy.
When I used to ride/race DH I used high rollers as they were the craze tyre at the time and then for one very wet uplift put on a set of Maxxis swamp things… I ended up using them year round.
Guess I’m a sucker for listening to internet opinions… at least I’ll admitt it though 🙂Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
There is no tyre.
I like:Posted 4 years ago
Sweat more than pain, so rather have extra drip and drag than extra crash
Likewise weight more than punctures- within reason
Front grippier than back (but back still tough)
Don’t care about mismatching brands
Don’t mind paying a bit extra but do mind short-lived expensive tyres like my old Nics and my Barons.christhetallSubscriber
Thanks for all the replies – even the non-serious ones – but I’m afraid I’m struggling to understand things.
By “Grippier” are people refering to knobbles or the compound or both. Actually I wasn’t that aware that compound made much difference – I just thought it was a lame excuse my mate once made for having to push his bike along a road at the end of ride.
And why have more grip on the front than the back – surely you need more traction on the back to stop the wheel spinning ?Posted 4 years agoandyrmMember
I go for large volume, big grippy front, slightly smaller, round profile low profile and fast rolling on the rear. Pretty much follow that pattern all year round.
Current favourite combination is On One Chunky Monkey 2.4 Enduro (55A) up front and Maxxis Ikon 2.2 (60A) on the rear, both run tubeless.Posted 4 years ago
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